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Rain fails to dampen Salisbury runners’ spirits at Aldershot

Heavy rain forecast for the senior women’s race in the Hampshire cross country league over a tough course at Aldershot failed to dampen the spirits of City of Salisbury runners who did well enough to finish twelfth-placed team among more than 30 competing clubs.
Pick of the bunch was Sian Thomas who marked her return from injury by completing the 6k in 25min 50sec for a solid 41st place out of well over 200, and she was closely followed by Charlotte Ingram in 55th, Alice Sullivan 66th and Emma Clarke 69th.
Then came Rachel Bala 130th, Alison Scott 136th, Tasha Mundell 137th, Ellen Tilley 164th, Mel Murphy 172nd, Lisa Milner 173rd, Grace Cousins 175th, Lu Yarwood 183rd, Vanessa Maple 185th, and Denise von Roretz 203rd.
In the 10k senior men’s event, Sean Byrne was best placed Salisbury vest in 56th spot, with Reece Ingram 103rd, Richard Davidson 108th and Andy Holmes 111th.
James Mills was next in 144th, followed by Craig Weatherburn 206th, Richard Larcombe 223rd, Steve Mitchell 227th, Joe Cornwall 240th, Chris Maple 264th, James Ballard 269th, Paul Welland 274th, Craig Murphy 279th, Gary Domoney 292nd, Barry Davies 293rd and Tom Lay 300th.
At the British Athletics cross country challenge fixture in Milton Keynes, City of Salisbury’s adopted rising star Verity Ockenden was another to make a welcome return from injury. Clearly well on her way back to the form that earned her international honours last year, she ran strongly to finish fifth in a strong field.